Your teacher training or professional development course will now probably include Masters level assessment and credits as teaching ‘becomes an M-level profession’ and a greater emphasis is placed on helping teachers develop deeper understandings about aspects of learning and teaching through a higher level of critical reflection.Learning and Teaching at M-Level will guide you through the various different aspects of doing M-level work at either the primary or secondary level, and help you to develop a deeper professional understanding. Your ability to research and understand learning environments will form a key part of making you an inquisitive and better teacher, and engagement with research underpins the book.  

Doing Field Work: Interviews and Questionnaires

Doing field work: Interviews and questionnaires

In this chapter you will explore:

  • Starting points
  • Interviews
  • Relational space
  • Involvement and detachment
  • Confidentiality
  • Anonymity
  • Sample selection
  • Gaining access to the research site
  • Interviewing groups and young children
  • Questionnaires
  • Data analysis


You will probably find qualitative methods of enquiry the most useful during your PGCE year - the time to engage in research, and your resources, will be limited and if you want to undertake empirical research, then your time on teaching placement will need to be well organised. Qualitative research will enable you to focus upon and begin to ‘read’ the messy reality of classroom life, the social complexities of schools and the personal perspectives of pupils and adults. By using qualitative methods you will not have to set up laboratory-style experiments, but rather, ...

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